As the creator of Lollapalooza, Chicago has you to thank for such a fun weekend each year! If you could kick back, have a drink and enjoy a show at the festival with anyone who would it be?
Robert De Niro.
What do you think the two of you would talk about?
Well, I mean, I think that he’s such an incredible artist. I would want to talk to him about his mindset when he gets into acting and the different roles. I’d also be curious to know—you know I’m Jewish and I know he’s half Jewish; my parents came out of Bensonhurst, [New York] which was pretty kind of mob heavy—so I would want to talk to him about that, like were his parents in the mob? Kind of like how my parents were in the mob too.
Speaking of getting into a mindset, what’s going on in your mind, or the mind of any of the Lolla artists, when you’re on stage performing in front of hundreds of thousands of people?
I’m getting into a character and his name is Perry Farrell. I have a role that I’m playing and his name is Perry. [De Niro's] got a role that he’s playing and it could be you know Jake LaMotta, I don’t know. It’s a similar mindset.
What’s the difference between the Perry who’s the frontman of Jane’s Addiction and the Perry who’s here dining at Paris Club?
There is less of a chance of me getting arrested while I’m on stage. Back in the day, I’d get arrested sometimes because I’d take my clothes off but I don’t really like to do that anymore. [Laughs] This is my first night here at the restaurant and I can tell you, and I’m going to tell everyone that is important to me, that they should come here.
Photography by Neal Agustin